|National team||United States|
|Born||June 27, 1995|
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.
|College team||North Carolina State University|
He attended Christ the King grade school in Springfield, Illinois, and attended high school at Sacred-Heart Griffin, where he graduated in 2014 and was coached by Dr. James Stegeman. During his senior year in 2014, Held was named Illinois State Swimmer of the Year.
At the 2016 US trials he qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics as a member of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay team. In the Olympic heats, he swam a split time of 47.79 on the second leg, impressing the coaching staff enough to give him the nod to swim in the final. Although Held’s time was not as fast as Anthony Ervin’s, head coach Bob Bowman made the decision due to youth since "Younger legs, coming back so quickly". In the final he split 47.73 on the third leg to preserve Team USA's lead, winning the gold medal together with Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, and Nathan Adrian.
- As of March 20, 2021
|50 m freestyle||21.87||2019 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships||August 4, 2019|
|100 m freestyle||47.39||2019 U.S. Summer Nationals||July 31, 2019||U.S. Open record, CR|
|50 m backstroke||24.59||2018 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships||July 27, 2018||(Preliminaries)|
|50 m butterfly||23.68||2017 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships||July 1, 2017|
|100 m butterfly||52.15||2019 U.S. Summer Nationals||August 2, 2019|
|50 m freestyle||21.39||2019 International Swimming League American Derby||November 16, 2019|
|100 m freestyle||45.82 (r)||2018 FINA World Championships||December 11, 2018||(Preliminaries)|
|Short course yards|
|50 y freestyle||18.56 (r)||2018 NCAA Championships||March 22, 2018|
|100 y freestyle||41.05 (r)||2018 NCAA Championships||March 24, 2018|
|200 y freestyle||1:31.37 (r)||2017 NCAA Championships||March 22, 2017|
|100 y butterfly||44.79||2018 ACC Championships||March 1, 2017|
r = relay lead-off
- Ryan Held Archived August 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. rio2016.com
- "U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming, Men's 100m Freestyle Final, Start list". Omega Timing. June 29, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- "SHG grad Ryan Held going to Olympics in swimming relay". The State Journal-Register. June 30, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
- "Ryan Held Bio - SwimSwam". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
- Feldman, Eric. "Friends, Family, Coaches React to Ryan Held Gold Medal". WICS. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
- Layden, Tim (August 8, 2016). "Reborn Michael Phelps plays pivotal role in U.S. 4x100 free relay gold". si.com.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Ryan Held.|
- Ryan Held at USA Swimming
- Ryan Held at FINA
- Ryan Held at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
- Ryan Held at Olympics.com (archived: OlympicChannel.com)
- Ryan Held at Olympedia